Pinhook has announced Bourbon War Vertical Series 5 Year, the second release in the Bourbon War line, which follows a group of barrels as they age from 4 to 12 years.
“Similar to fine wine vintages, Pinhook has no established flavor profile or proof, only an ethos to produce the best whiskey every year,” says Sean Josephs, Pinhook Taster and co-founder. “A dedicated group of barrels, filled at the same time and location, gives us the opportunity to tinker with flavors and proof as the liquid continues to age and transform. While availability of each vintage will diminish each year due to evaporation and higher proofing, the new Bourbon War and Tiz Rye Time releases offer whiskey lovers, bottle hunters, or those looking for an investment in something special, wide access to supply. We predict that scarcity will become a significant factor as people follow the series for years to come.”
“Bourbon War 5 Year has a nose of butterscotch, cinnamon stick, licorice, and vanilla, met with a darker fruit palate of cherry, chocolate, bruleed brown sugar, and chicory,” read tasting notes from the distillery. “While retaining the four-year-old’s mashbill of 75% corn, 20.5% rye, and 4.5% malted barley, Bourbon War 5 Year is bottled at a higher proof of 104.”
The Bourbon War Vertical will keep the gold wax and white label each year, but the geometric shapes on the jockey silk-inspired label will change each year to make them easier to identify. The barrels for the line (a total of 1,350, around 150 allocated for each year’s release) were distilled at MGP and are aged and blended at Castle & Key.
Pinhook Bourbon War Vertical Series 5 Year will be available in the coming weeks for a suggested retail price of around $50.